No. 18 Point Park women have win streak stopped with cold shooting at Berea (Ky.)
Jan. 10, 2014 at 10:15 p.m. ET
Carly Forse totaled 10 points and 10 rebounds for Point Park in the loss at Berea (Ky.). Photo by Evan Schall.
By Zachary Weiss, Point Park Athletic Communications Student Assistant
BEREA, Ky. — The No. 18 Point Park University women’s basketball team lost at Berea (Ky.) College, 65-57, Friday afternoon, the first loss of the year for the Pioneers (14-1, 4-1 KIAC).
Point Park had come into the game as one of three unbeaten teams in NAIA Division II but had its school-record 14-game winning streak snapped.
A cold shooting day was bound to happen for the Pioneers, especially on the road. Point Park shot a season-low 30 percent from the field, and the 57 points were also a season low.
Johnesha Warren led all scorers with 18 points and five assists for Berea (6-5, 2-1 KIAC), while teammate Erika Parks added 14 points.
Sam Weir led Point Park with 12 points and eight rebounds while Carly Forse had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Alexa Xenakis also added 10 points.
“We had to protect home court,” Berea head coach Trent Milby said. “We knew Point Park was undefeated and a really good team. They are the favorite in this conference and we told our kids to play with toughness and defend for 40 minutes. We had to play a really good game to beat them.”
A key to the Pioneers’ loss was the 3-point line. Berea came into the contest ranked third in NAIA D-II in 3-point field goal defense giving up only 25.1 percent from outside the arc. Point Park struggled from the perimeter making only 2 of 21 treys.
“We played pretty good defense on the 3-point line,” Milby said. “We try to spread out and run at the shooter. Three-point shots are hard to hit when someone’s running at you, so that’s what we try to stress."
Berea opened the game on a 14-5 run, however Point Park rallied to trail, 26-24. Berea would lead at halftime, 28-25.
Point Park was behind by only three at the break despite shooting a very cold 27.8 percent (10 of 35) from the field in the first half, which included 1 of 11 from 3-point land. Point Park did not heat up much the second half, making only 33 percent and 1 of 10 from long range.
Anna Shaw was a key contributor off the Point Park bench scoring eight points and grabbing five rebounds, however each time Point Park made a run, the Mountaineers would respond.
Berea built a 40-33 lead midway through the second half, but Point Park responded with a defensive stand and cut the lead to 44-42. Although Berea was able to get some separation, Point Park was still within 54-48 with 3:00 to go. But Parks drilled a big trey for Berea for a 58-48 lead with 2:25 left.
Point Park attempted to extend the game, however Berea continued to make defensive stops and put the game away at the foul line. The Mountaineers went to the line 41 times and made 26 free throws. Point Park was 11 for 20 from the foul line.
Both teams had 45 rebounds, and Berea turned it over 22 times compared to 17 for Point Park. Berea shot 41 percent from the field.
The Pioneers now have to put their program-best winning streak behind them and take to the road Saturday at Alice Lloyd (2 pm ET). Point Park won the earlier match-up between these two teams 91-84.
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